Theresa Plaisance becomes LSU’s 13th two-time All-SEC selection

In her first two seasons as an LSU Lady Tigers, no one counted on Theresa Plaisance to do much of anything.

Now you can count her as one of the program’s all-time greats.

The senior forward from New Orleans and Vandebilt Catholic received her second straight All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors Tuesday, making her just the 13th player in Lady Tigers’ history to accomplish that feat.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Plaisance said Tuesday before LSU left for Duluth, Ga., and this week’s SEC tournament. “It puts me up there with some of the greats who I feel honored to be put in a category with.

“But I don’t do it by myself. I don’t do it without my teammates getting the ball in my hands.”

Plaisance averaged just 2.1 points per game as a freshman and 4.5 her sophomore season with no starts.

As a junior she led the SEC with 17.0 points per game, LSU’s first conference scoring champion since Seimone Augustus in 2005-06.

This season, Plaisance is the only SEC player to rank in the top 10 in points (15.6 points per game, ninth), rebounds (7.6 rpg, eighth) and blocks (1.4, ninth).

“Two years ago I was just hoping I could get off the bench and get some playing time,” Plaisance said. “When I was recruited here I wanted to be that player who can make a difference and I’ve embraced that role.

“It’s amazing how far I’ve come. It took a lot of hard work.”

Moncrief on freshman team

LSU freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief was also named Tuesday to the SEC’s All-Freshman team, making her the fourth Lady Tiger to earn that distinction since 2007.

Moncrief, who goes into the SEC tournament as LSU’s third-leading scorer with 10.6 points per game, has been hampered by a knee injury of late.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native sat out LSU’s Feb. 23 game at Georgia, played just 10 minutes Feb. 23 against Tennessee and 19 minutes Sunday in her team’s 78-60 loss at Alabama.

LSU coach Nikki Caldwell wouldn’t say whether Moncrief would start against Alabama in the SEC tournament (5 p.m. Thursday, FSN), but she does expect the 5-foot-10 guard to play a bigger role.

“It’s definitely put a strain on us not having her 100 percent,” Caldwell said. “She’s a player who we look to do a lot of great things.

“We’re going to see how she responds. (Monday) was her best day in a long time, just back being Ray. You can’t keep a kid like that off the court because of the energy and emotion she brings and the intangibles she has.

“Starting or not starting her, I’m just glad she’s ready to go.”

Alabama forward Ashley Williams, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds Sunday, is also on the All-Freshman team.

The Justice league

Pretty soon, Justice Simone Fargas is going to start thinking they hold the SEC tournament in her honor.

Caldwell’s daughter turns 2 on Thursday, with part of her party plans including being courtside at the Gwinnett Center watching her mom coach LSU against Alabama.

Fargas, whose father is Caldwell’s longtime boyfriend and former NFL and USC running back Justin Fargas, was born just two days after LSU lost to Tennessee in the 2012 SEC tournament final. Caldwell said later she began having contractions waiting to fly home that night from Nashville, Tenn.

McClosky LSU’s legend

Former LSU gymnast Amy McClosky-McGinley will be honored at halftime of Thursday’s Lady Tigers game as this year’s SEC Women’s Legend from LSU.

McClosky-McGinley lettered in gymnastics from 1995-98 and was a three-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American.

She was the first LSU gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 on the balance beam, she won the 1998 SEC beam title.

McClosky-McGinley was inducted last fall into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame.